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Exercise 6 - Towards academic reading
How can we evaluate a theory?

The following questions serve as some criteria to help us evaluate a theory:

- How well does this explain what we see?
- Does this explain a wide range of behaviors?
- Do other theories support this theory?
- Can we make new predictions with this theory?
Read this theory about sports fans' behavior. Then use the above questions to evaluate this theory.

Tribal Warfare on the Sports Field

One theory in sports psychology tries to explain why people support a sports team. This theory claims that thousands of years ago, when humans lived in small tribes, warriors fought to protect their tribes. According to this theory, these warriors were the true representatives of their people, and that in modern society, professional sports teams play a similar role. This is why sportsmen's performance on the playing field may create the same strong emotions that tribal warfare may have created many thousands of years ago.

Which questions would you ask in order to evaluate the sportsfans' behavior theory?

Match the questions below to the criteria in the table.

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